PTAB Boardside Chats

The PTAB Boardside Chat webinar series addresses best practices before the Board and answers questions raised by attendees. The free, bi-monthly Boardside Chats are open to all.

Register for an upcoming Boardside Chat or see presentations from past sessions below.

Upcoming events

Meet Deputy Director Derrick Brent and learn more about eligibility to practice before the USPTO

Past events

A discussion about effectively presenting technology to the PTAB in AIA proceedings. A panel of PTAB judges and practitioners will share tips on making complex technology understandable and discuss effective brief samples.

A Boardside Chat discussion and demonstration about how to use the new P-TACTS external portal for practitioners, including highlights of new features.

Learn about the use of expert testimony in AIA proceedings

PTAB Judges will present ten ways to improve ex parte appeal briefs and share practice tips with examples for enhancing the arguments presented in your appeal briefs.

Learn about the Request for Comments on Director review, Precedential Opinion Panel Review, and internal circulation and review of Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions.

Learn about the PTAB Judicial Law Clerk Program

Discussion of discretionary denials in AIA post-gran proceedings with parallel district court proceedings and parallel study.

Join the next Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Boardside Chat webinar to learn about plans to re-establish in-person PTAB hearings and tips from judges for successfully arguing in remote and in-person environments.

Learn about the USPTO’s pro bono programs.

Behind the Scenes at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board with the Board Operations Division

PTAB Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee event on February 17, 2022

PTAB discussion with an overview of the Office of the Solicitor.

Do you want to learn more about common arguments before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)? Join the next PTAB Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, September 30, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, for a discussion evaluating common arguments before the PTAB, focusing primarily on arguments in ex parte...

Would you like to learn more about the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Judicial Law Clerk Program? Join us as Kalyan Deshpande, Senior Lead Administrative Patent Judge, and Administrative Patent Judge Alyssa Finamore present an overview of the Judicial Law Clerk Program, the eligibility...

Learn about your options after a final rejection

Learn about the Interim Director's review process post Arthrex.

Mechanics of admission to practice before the PTAB

Learn about preparing an appeal brief

Apr 22, 2021 - Virtual

Learn about remote hearings

Learn about AIA motions practice Would you like to learn more about America Invents Act (AIA) motions practice? Join the next Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Boardside Chat webinar for an overview of requirements for AIA motions in general and a review of certain types of motions. No pre...

Would you like to learn more about ex parte appeals? Join the next Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Boardside Chat webinar for a discussion about recent developments for ex parte appeals. No pre-registration is required. Participants may join the discussion online the day of the event by...

Would you like to learn more about American Invents Act (AIA)? Join the next Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Boardside Chat webinar for a discussion about several recent developments for AIA trials. No pre-registration is required. Participants may join the discussion online the day of the...

Join the next Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Boardside Chat webinar for a discussion about several aspects of AIA trial proceedings and new submission forms for SOP2-related matters. Join the discussion online the day of the event. The webinar is free and open to all. A Q&A session will follow...

Join the next Boardside Chat webinar for a discussion about several aspects of ex parte appeals. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Vice Chief Judges Mike Kim and Janet Gongola will share information about current appeal pendency statistics and the new Fast-Track Appeal Pilot Program through which...

Learn how the USPTO's prioritized programs can help you during the next Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) online Boardside chat. This webinar will cover the Track One Prioritized Patent Examination Program, the PTAB Fast Track Appeals Pilot Program, and the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot...

Jun 25, 2020 - Virtual

A presentation on use of demonstratives, effective use of hearing time, decorum, and the logistics of an oral hearing.

Want to learn more about AIA trial statistics, including institution rates and the outcome of final written decisions? Would you like to hear about potential rule changes to AIA trial rules on institution and responsive briefing? Join Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Vice Chief Judge Mike...

May 14, 2020 - Virtual

A webinar with Deputy Chief Judge Jackie Bonilla, Vice Chief Judge Janet Gongola, Lead Judge Stacey White, and Judges Amanda Wieker and Christa Zado on use of demonstratives, effective use of hearing time, decorum, and the logistics of an oral hearing.

Curious as to how the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is handling proceedings and hearings these days? Tune into the latest “Boardside Chat” webinar. The board will address logistics for virtual proceedings, public remote viewing of hearings, timing considerations for filings, and the CARES Act relief...

Find out more about motion to amend practice in AIA trials from Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Deputy Chief Judge Jackie Bonilla and Lead Judge Jessica Kaiser. Learn more about this free webinar and get access information at the PTAB "Boardside Chat" webinar series webpage. There will be a Q&A...

Learn the latest about about AIA Trials for independent inventors from Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Lead Judge James Worth and Judge Alyssa Finamore. Learn more about this free webinar and get access information at the PTAB "Boardside Chat" webinar series webpage. There will be a Q&A session...

Find out more about appeals for independent inventors from Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Lead Judge James Worth and Judge Alyssa Finamore. Learn more about this free webinar and get access information at the PTAB "Boardside Chat" webinar series webpage. There will be a Q&A session at the end...

Join the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for a review of all the improvements to ex parte appeal and AIA trial procedures made over the course of last fiscal year. Come learn about these improvements from Chief Judge Scott Boalick, Deputy Chief Judge Jackie Bonilla, Vice Chief Judge Tim Fink...

Learn about summer Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decisions designated as precedent from Vice Chief Judge Scott Weidenfeller, Judge Kevin Cherry and Judge Amanda Weiker. This webinar will pick up from where the May 23, 2019 discussion of last spring's precedential decisions ended. The webinar...

Learn the latest about PTAB appeal and AIA hearings at an online Boardside chat on Thursday, August 22 from noon to 1 pm ET with PTAB Lead Judge Kalyan, Deshpande, Chief Clerk Erica Swift and Deputy Clerk Kulunie Cannon. This webinar is free and open to all; get online access information at the...

Find out more about Trial Practice Guide updates from Patent and Trial Appeal Board (PTAB) Vice Chief Judge Michael Tierney and Vice Chief Judge Tim Fink. Learn more about this free webinar and get access information at the PTAB "Boardside Chat" webinar series webpage. There will be a Q&A session at...

Find out more about the Biologic Study and District Court Pharma Litigation Study from Patent and Trial Appeal Board (PTAB) Judge Jason Repko and Acting Vice Chief Judge Michelle Ankenbrand. Learn more about this free webinar and get access information at the PTAB "Boardside Chat" webinar series...

Find out about Broadest Reasonable Interpretation v. Phillips from Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Vice Chief Judge Michael Tierney. Learn more about this free webinar and get access information at the PTAB "Boardside Chat" webinar series webpage. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the...

Find out more about recently-issued precedential and informative decisions from Patent and Trial Appeal Board (PTAB) Judge Linda Horner, Lead Judge Kalyan Deshpande, and Judge Craig Cherry. Learn more about this free webinar and get access information at the PTAB "Boardside Chat" webinar series...

Find out about new guidance on patent eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. 101 from USPTO Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Robert Bahr and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Lead Judge Michael Kim. Learn more about this free webinar and get access information at the PTAB...

Find out about options for amendment through reissue and reexamination during AIA trials, as well as the Parallel Proceedings Study from Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Deputy Chief Judge Jacqueline Bonilla, CRU Director John Cottingham, and Judge Jason Repko. Learn more about this free webinar...

Apr 10, 2019 - Virtual

The PTAB is pleased to announce its “Boardside Chat” lunchtime webinar series being held weekly in April 2019. The purpose of the Boardside Chats is to inform you on best practices before the Board as well as to address your questions regarding specific topics. All Chats are free and open to all...

Meet new Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Chief Judge Scott Boalick and Deputy Chief Judge Jackie Bonilla during a Boardside Chat webinar Thursday, April 4, from noon to 1 p.m. ET. These judges will discuss recent precedential and informative decisions that PTAB has issued over the past few...

The PTAB is holding a “Chat with the Chief” webinar on Tuesday, June 5 from noon to 1 pm ET. Chief Judge David Ruschke will provide additional information about the impact of SAS on AIA trial proceedings as well as share new information about motion to amend practice and discuss the recently...

The PTAB is pleased to host a Boardside Chat Webinar on October 4, 2016 from Noon to 1 p.m. ET. A discussion with Administrative Patent Judges on using video and live testimony at oral argument, oral argument with remote judge, and use of demonstratives at oral argument. The Boardside Chat is free...

Due to illness, the Boardside Chat is cancelled. It will be rescheduled for the near future. The PTAB is please to host a Boardside Chat Webinar on August 2, 2016 from Noon to 1 p.m. ET. A discussion with Administrative Patent Judges on prior art in AIA proceedings. The Boardside Chat is free and...

Unfortunately due to illness, the Boardside chat with Chief Judge Rushcke is cancelled and will be rescheduled as soon as schedules permit in the near future. The PTAB is please to host a Boardside Chat Webinar on July 27, 2016 from Noon to 1 p.m. ET. PTAB will hold a questions and answers session...

Due to illness, tomorrow's Boardside Chat with Chief Judge Ruschke is cancelled. It will be rescheduled for the near future. The PTAB is pleased to host a special Boardside Chat on Tuesday, July 26 from noon to 1 p.m. ET featuring a conversation with the new Chief Judge David Ruschke. He will talk...

PTAB is pleased to announce that the USPTO has developed a new replacement system known as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board End to End (PTAB E2E) system for processing AIA Reivews - Inter Partes Review (IPR), Transitional Program for Covered Business Methods (CBM), and Post Grant Review (PGR)...

The PTAB is please to host a Boardside Chat Webinar on June 7, 2016 from Noon to 1 p.m. ET. A discussion with Administrative Patent Judges on how the Board handles decisions containing multiple arguments. The Boardside Chat is free and open to all. Webinar access information is available below...

The PTAB is pleased to host an extra Boardside Chat on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from noon to 1 pm Eastern Daylight Time to address the recently published new AIA trial rules. Lead Judge Mike Tierney will explain the new AIA trial final rules, and two leading AIA trial practitioners, Jon Wright from...

The PTAB is please to host a Boardside Chat Webinar on February 2, 2016 from noon to 1 pm EST. A discussion with Administrative Patent Judges on Ex Parte Reexam Appeals v. Regular Appeals—differences and similarities The Boardside Chat is free and open to all. Webinar access information is available...